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Seeing the Future

My latest work signifies something of a breakthrough in terms of what a jar of paint can depict: A degree of subjection is instantly attached to the contents of each jar. They no longer represent paint; they represent the essence of paint.

Four Jars of Memory

The properties of food have still been exploited in order to achieve the paint. But rather than describing the face value of the paint, labels have been attached that describe metaphorical and experiential attachment to the paint, based on the paint’s properties.  For example, the label ‘Home’ is attached to paint made from tea. This is because the concept of a cup of tea contains within it connotations associated with the experience of being home.

The jar of paint is now able to communicate the notion that memory has an intrinsic and complex correspondence to the food we consume, and that preconception dictates our preference to food.

A notable juxtaposition is that, inherently, what I have created are still essentially jars of paint – meaning that they can be consumed, exchanged, revered and dismissed in the same way all products can. The notion of memory-based subjection and individual regard becomes restated as a consumable item.

I have also applied each paint to a surface in equal rectangular strips behind the corresponding jar. The nature of applying paint in this way seeks to remove subjection and seeks to regard application of paint as a reference – a tool which one can use to ascertain the nature and density of the paint at face value. The medium has therefore exchanged roles with the painting – for it is the medium that communicates an idea and the painting that becomes an object.

So, this is ‘where I’m at,’ as it were. But I believe that this breakthrough acts as a precursor to something grander, with more emphasis on the notion that memory and connotation can be appropriated as a consumable product.

3 responses

  1. Andy

    This is the only piece where you don’t come across a bit of a prat. (I’m an art blog reviewer before you whine on about how I’ve gone to the effort of reading your blogs, I read for a living and I read fast.) I won’t be reviewing your site on this occasion, as I’m currently doing a top twenty. It’s a shame you don’t just talk about your art as that’s what made me look at your blog and your art could be more interesting to read about than your tired opinions.

    Just some gentle advice. I get the impression you might take offence (the prat thing maybe) but I think your blog could have potential as long as you steer clear from what I’ve just mentioned – tired opinions – and stick to what you know – your art.


    August 23, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    • Thanks for the advice, Andy. One thing I will say, is that you have to remember my motives for doing the blog in the first place. It began as a bit of an unashamed and self-indulgent folly, where I didn’t care about whether someone considered me a ‘prat’ or not, and I took pleasure in aggravating people.

      I am, however, beginning to realise the potential of blogging and how it can develop my own practice and inspire others. I still don’t really care what people think of my blogs, but I am starting to be more considered in my writing, I think.

      August 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  2. Andy

    p.s only read the top 3

    August 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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